World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
This year’s theme is ‘Share a Story’ so what can we do to share a story?
Over the years, Soroptimist Clubs large and small have undertaken various activities to support World Book Day. Below is a selection, which may serve as inspiration:
Encouraging Reading for Pleasure
Last year SI Kidderminster and District worked with Severn Hospice shops to collect children’s books. The books were then delivered to a school in one of the most deprived catchment areas in Kidderminster. Every child in the school was given an age appropriate book to keep and take home. In providing books that could be taken home, it was hoped that SI Kidderminster and District had enabled children to learn to love and enjoy reading for pleasure. Education empowers children for the future.
In 2017, SI Bristol held a fundraising event where they exchanged books and held a Cava and Canape lunch to raise money for a library being built by a school that the Club was supporting in Lima, Peru. SI Bristol’s contribution has allowed the school to purchase books and other educational items. The concept of a lending library is new to these children and will encourage them to read at school and to take a book to read at home.
Highlighting the importance of reading and raising the profile of Soroptimism
For several years, SI Rugby has collected both children’s and grown up’s books. On the 1st available Saturday close to World Book day, they have a stand in the shopping centre in Rugby and give away books. Inside each book is a sticker saying that this was a gift from SI Rugby. People are always amazed that they are not asking for money but the members of SI Kidderminster and District want to highlight how important education is and that everyone needs to be able to read and write. They were also able to share with locals the activities of the Club.
In addition, Clubs have:
- Collected and donated books to local charities and organisations, which support disadvantaged children;
- Raised funds to support local schools buy books;
- Donated books to set up a library in a residential building;
- Read stories to children in schools
- Funded famous authors’ visits to schools
For even more ideas, visit the World Book Day website: https://www.worldbookday.com/